27 Household Uses For A Lemon

March 5, 2013

Ah, the common lemon. So juicy and delicious when squeezed to make lemonade but did you know that the lemon had tons of uses around the house?

This wonder of nature not only pleases our palate but can take care of so much more. Let’s take a look at all the uses for a lemon… and if you have any additional ones, please leave a comment below!

  1. Clean the garbage disposal. Throw some cut up lemon peels into the disposal and let ‘er rip.
  2. Brighten your whites in the laundry. Lemon juice helps to brighten those dirty socks.
  3. Deodorize a humidifier. Put a few teaspoons into the water and voila, freshness!
  4. Clean the microwave. Your microwave full of crusted-on food? Put a few teaspoons of lemon juice into a bowl of water and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Remove the bowl and the food should wipe right off.
  5. Glass cleaner. Lemon juice cleans glass better than that toxic stuff and is safer, too.
  6. Salad dressing. You can buy all the fancy dressing you want, but some simple lemon juice on your favorite salad can make for an inexpensive yet delicious dressing.
  7. Lighten your hair. A few spritzes of lemon juice and some time in the sun can lighten those locks.
  8. Get rid of stains. Cut a lemon in half, dip in salt, and rub on the stain. Not all surfaces can take the acid, so test in an inconspicuous area first.
  9. Kill weeds. Some water and lemon juice in a spray bottle can kill unwanted weeds.
  10. Lemon-flavored ice cubes. Don’t let lemons go to waste, if you have too many of them freeze the juice for later use!
  11. Household cleaner. Lemon makes a good all-around house cleaner.
  12. Emergency deodorant. Forget your deodorant this morning? Rub some lemon juice under your arms for a little protection.
  13. Clean those cutting boards. All sorts of crap stay on your cutting boards even when cleaned with soap. Use a 1/2 a lemon dunked in salt to really make them clean.
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  15. Get a facial. Use a little lemon juice to clean out and tighten up those pores.
  16. Calm a sore throat. Hot water and lemon makes for a nice soothing drink when you are suffering from a sore throat.
  17. Freshen the air. Boil some water with lemon in it and make the house smell fresh and clean.
  18. Make a natural anti-dandruff treatment. Mix 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice with an equal quantity of olive oil and massage into your scalp. Leave for a few minutes then rinse and shampoo as usual.
  19. Polish chrome, stainless steel, and copper. Lemon does wonder on these surfaces, whether in the kitchen or on the car.
  20. Keep insects away. Bugs generally don’t like lemons, so put lemon peels down where bugs are coming in or spray the area with lemon water.
  21. Brighten aluminum pans. Rub and buff to make that aluminum shine.
  22. Hand sanitizer. Use some lemon juice to clean up those dirty hands!
  23. Keep rice from sticking. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the boiling water before adding in the rice.
  24. Bring lettuce back to life. Have some wilted almost-expired lettuce? Rinse it with lemon juice and cold water for a an hour and help it come back to life a bit.
  25. Brighten your fingernails. Soak them in lemon juice for a few minutes for brighter nails.
  26. Toilet bowl cleaner. Disinfect and make that bowl sparkle with just some lemon juice and water.
  27. Stop mosquito bites from itching. Rub some lemon juice on a fresh mosquito bite and it may never itch at all.
  28. Lighten age spots. Apply a piece of lemon peel to a spot and leave it in place for an hour. May take a while to actually work, though.

What do you use lemons for at your house?

Lemon image from BigStock.

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Comments (9)

  1. Lois says:

    There were a couple I hadn’t heard of before or thought of, I love the idea of lemon ice cubes for summer. I’m going to try it on our weeds by the driveway as well.

  2. Jill says:

    Starting last year I became committed to removing all chemical-based products from my home and personal care use. These are great tips!! Thanks! This is a great site, Im really excited to have found it!

  3. David Quilty says:

    Thanks Jill, hope you find it useful!

  4. vicky says:

    I have been using lemon juice for deodorant for over a year now, works great.

  5. Deb says:

    It is so refreshing that something that is natural is so versatile in so many ways. I am going to try the insect repellent idea as I get lots of spiders in the basement.

    Here is another use Prevent potatoes from turning brown
    Potatoes and cauliflower tend to turn brown when boiling. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into the cooking water.